History of the Rockers

                BEING A TON UP KID

 

Well, I have posted some of these videos over the years, but it is good to add new ones and show people what turns my dial, I cannot really tell you why I love this lifestle so much, I just grew up with Motorcycles and many of my friends were as crazy as me and we all had a collective interest in the need for speed.

 

 

 

Below is some stuff that i love to watch and I hope you enjoy them like I have many times.

No sound but who needs it, this is the real deal.

 

Now, I was Born in August of 1962 and here is some great news reel from that time and my part of the area too, it is something that I cannot explain, but I was into Motorcycles as kid and will always be into them.

Lets go two years later to 1964, the Ton up Boys were already a known club and many people wanted to cover storys on what they were all about, this was also the year my brother Came into the world too and he , like me digs motorcycles and owns them, it is just in our blood I guess.

Here is a LONF 1 hour video on some History of Motorcycles back home in great britain and some cool footage if you have some spare time to digest and absorb.

Timeshift returns with an exploration of the British love of fast, daring and sometimes reckless motorbike riding during a period when home-grown machines were the envy of the world. From TE Lawrence in the 1920s, to the ‘ton up boys’ and rockers of the 1950s, motorbikes represented unparalleled style and excitement, as British riders indulged their passion for brands like Brough Superior, Norton and Triumph.

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Len Paterson, founder of the Rocker’s Reunion Movement and Cylinder Head Shop, recollects about the 60s for BBC TV. 1964 and 1965

A long documentary here but something that you may want to watch at some time, Original interviews of that era from real people, to give you a little insight to what a ton up boy was all about back then.

Film From the 1960′s of the Chelsea Bridge Boys. Rockers. Including shots of the Busy Bee Cafe.

MODS N ROCKERS
Some great old footage for you to have on ya Tea break!

A trip back to the days when ‘style wars’ were just that – violent confrontations about the clothes you wore. Spring 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the bank holiday ‘battles of the beaches’, when hundreds of mods and rockers flocked to seaside resorts on scooters and motorbikes in search of thrills and spills.

TON UP BOY #1

TON UP BOY #3

TON UP BOY #4

Now back to Modern times a great Documentary from back home.

Mods and Rockers Rebooted BBC Documentary 2014
We take a fresh look at the bank holiday clashes of 1964 to separate fact from fiction as we bring the mods and rockers of the time back to those seaside crime scenes. Were they really as bad as the papers made out? Or was there something else behind it all?

Now some more modern stuff that is always cool to watch.

Ton-Up Day Ace Cafe at Brooklands Museum 2013

This short piece of footage is the first couple of minutes of a film released as a B movie in British cinemas in 1977 and is taken from an original 1977 copy of the complete movie I have on Super 8mm cine film. The total length of the film is only about 15-20 minutes long and covers all aspects of the motorcycle scene in Britain at that time.

The pride of the North Circular, London’s Ace Cafe is booming.

Some of my favourite clips from the 1964 film “The Leather Boys” featuring The Ace Cafe, Burn Ups and Verbal Fisticuffs and no speed camera!

Hope you enjoyed these small snippets of the lifestyle that I, and many of my mates have grown up with and of course, continue to do so.

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